Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

4,277 Ratings
Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Dellpepper123
5/5  rDev +22%

So delicious. Drink it. Now. Or, later. Just drink it.

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3.24/5  rDev -21%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of apasternak
1.53/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tastes exactly like balsamic vinegar. Not sure if it was a bad batch, but I couldn't get through this

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a clear red-brown, one finger of dense cream colored foam, delicate islands of lace on the glass. Smell: overripe apricot, quite oaky with herbal notes. Taste: tart nectarine, fruity sweet / acidic combo as in pineapple juice, white flesh plum, craisins and cherry juice towards the finish. Sweet fruit, quite tart, with plenty of oak character. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy with a sugary finish. Tasty, if not a little on the sweet side.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ham413
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Very similar to wine, goes perfect with steak....

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3.39/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: pours a rusty brown color with red accents. Two fingers of head continued to regenerate while drinking. Active carbonation is right on for the style.

Smell: Oak and sour grape must on the front. Cabernet type wood characteristics and dry grapes. Dark fruits and some soapy notes on the back end. Mossy hops also play a role on the back half.

Taste: Rounded, easy oak sweetness warms the lips immediately. Slight dry grapes open up on the body and leave a medium dryness on the palate. Cherries, grape must, blackberries, and mulberries all shine on the back half of the body. Oak chips, cedar, and lingering dry fruits blast onto the finish. Lingering cherry and fruit sweetness sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Dry woody notes on the front yield to a puckering tartness on the body and finish. Carbonation fits very well.

Overall: A really excellent brew. Impressive layers shine throughout and venture into deep depths of complexity. The finish is surprisingly crisp yet refreshing which keeps the drinker coming back for more.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zhivago373
4/5  rDev -2.4%

first sour for me. not sure what the expect.

pours a deep red, maybe brownish purple with a thin pale-brown head. i honestly expected more carbonation, being it’s a Belgian style.

smells of dark fruits a la plums and black cherries with an almost musty oak smell. not getting any distinct malt aromas. very red-wine like, more acidic and sour notes though. the sourness is well balanced with the fruits.

tastes of black cherries, plums, maybe a slight chocolate flavor, too. the oak barrel comes out in the tannic, acidic red-wine flavor especially on the back of the tongue. the malts balance things out without offering any distinct notes. finish is long and dry, the wine barrel notes lingering in the back. medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

overall, this is quite good. the red wine similarities are evident, but i prefer this to a wine (duh, it’s beer, it’s not a soulless drink!). the sour notes are in great balance with the dark fruits, and the medium carbonation makes this all the more palatable. at 6%, it’s quite easy drinking. will seek out again.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,277 ratings.
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